In narrative therapy, Māori creation stories are being used to heal

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Mark Kopua is using Māori knowledge to heal whānau in distress. CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF

by MICHELLE DUFF, Stuff, March 9 2018

The boy sits there, his head down. He feels stink; he knows all the adults are there to talk about him, about what’s wrong with him.

He’s always been told off for being so fidgety, for not paying attention. He knows it’s a bad thing.

But when the talking begins, it’s not about how to fix him. They’re telling a story about atua, the gods, and one of them sounds exactly like him! He’s called Uepoto, and he’s always curious. He’s full a mischief, a tutū. Read the rest of this entry

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Indigenous youth set up protest camp outside Toronto’s Old City Hall

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From left, Dean Mcleod, Koryn John, Ezra Green and Gary Wassaykeesic at the Soaring Eagles camp outside of Old City Hall in Toronto. (Rhiannon Johnson/CBC )

Soaring Eagles Camp aims to raise awareness about injustices faced by Indigenous people across Canada

By Rhiannon Johnson, CBC News, March 6, 2018

Following the Justice for Tina Fontaine rally this past Sunday in Toronto, a youth-led occupation has set up camp outside Old City Hall in downtown Toronto.

The group set up three tents Sunday on the southwest portion of the grounds of the building that currently functions as a provincial courthouse. Read the rest of this entry

Chevron in talks to sell minority stake in Kitimat LNG project: sources

Chevron gas stationAmong the parties in talks with Chevron for a possible stake in the Canadian LNG project are Petronas, the sources said

by John Tilak, Ernest Scheyder and David French, Financial Post,

TORONTO/HOUSTON — Chevron Corp is exploring options including the sale of a minority stake in its Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) project as it pushes ahead, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Read the rest of this entry

Seneca Nation Rallies To Defend River From Fracking Wastewater

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A Seneca Nation of Indians member holds a sign used at Standing Rock to oppose the fracking wastewater treatment facility at the headwaters of the Ohi:yo’ (Allegheny River). © Steven Rubin for Public Herald

by Joshua B. Pribanic, and Melissa A. Troutman for Public Herald, March 3, 2018

In Coudersport Pennsylvania, over 100 members of the Seneca Nation of Indians appeared at a public meeting to oppose a fracking wastewater treatment facility planned for development on the Allegheny River, known by the Seneca as the Ohi:yo’, which means “beautiful waters.” Read the rest of this entry

RCMP ‘sloppy’ and ‘negligent’ in investigating Colten Boushie’s death, say independent experts

Colten Boushie‘The RCMP needs a lot more training,’ said Toronto-based investigator

By David Common, Chelsea Gomez, CBC News, March 6, 2018

Colten Boushie’s family wasn’t entirely surprised last month when a Saskatchewan jury acquitted Gerald Stanley of the murder of the young Cree man.

They had sensed holes in the RCMP investigation from the beginning.

“The RCMP did a botched-up job,” said Debbie Baptiste, Boushie’s mom. “They looked, and then they looked away.” Read the rest of this entry

Justice system report slams Alberta for hiding Indigenous incarceration rates

New research yields berry interesting results on Salal berries

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Salal berries and leaves.

by Valerie Shore, University of Victoria,

Move aside blueberries, cranberries and strawberries, there’s a new contender for the title of healthiest berry for us to eat. And you won’t find it in the grocery store.

Recently published research led by University of Victoria plant biologist Peter Constabel shows that salal—a wild berry common to coastal areas of western North America—is an antioxidant superstar, packed with higher levels of health-promoting plant chemicals than most other berries out there. Read the rest of this entry

‘Neglect of duty’ found in review of Thunder Bay police investigation into death of Indigenous man

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Stacy DeBungee’s body was found in the McIntyre River in Thunder Bay on Oct. 19, 2015. (CBC)

First Nations chiefs are calling for the resignation of police chief after oversight body finds ‘deficiencies’

Mining activities, not hunting, responsible for northern caribou declines

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Caribou running from truck hauling heavy machinery in northern Alberta.

by Bob McDonald, CBC News,

A new report by Canadian researchers suggest that the dramatic declines of barren-ground caribou herds is due to open access mining in Northern Canada, not, as authorities have assumed, traditional hunting by Indigenous people in the North. Read the rest of this entry

DFO shuts down herring row fishery, citing First Nations reconciliation

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A Tlingit in Alaska gathering Herring roe,.

by Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun, March 3, 2018

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has agreed to cancel this year’s commercial roe herring fishery on B.C.’s central coast, citing the federal government’s commitment to reconciliation with First Nations. Read the rest of this entry